Interview: Brian McOmber (It Comes At Night)

Interview: Brian McOmber (It Comes At Night)

Brian McOmber’s resume as a composer may be quite recent — the vast majority of his work having come in the last three years. However, his musical career is much longer, having performed as the drummer for the Dirty Projectors from 2007’s Rise Above through 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan. He’s come to greater attention over the summer for his score to the Trey Edward Shults thriller, It Comes At Night. Digitally, the score was released concurrently with the film, and it’s as tense a listen as the film is a watch. It’s out today on vinyl, via Milan Records, so we spoke with McOmber via Gchat about his compositional process.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/01/interview-brian-mcomber-it-comes-at-night/

Exclusive Spin: Prom Queen’s ‘Blonde’ & interview with Leeni Ramadan

Exclusive Spin: Prom Queen’s ‘Blonde’ & interview with Leeni Ramadan

Prom Queen’s upcoming album, Doom-Wop, is a continuation of the sound the Seattle group has honed on their previous two releases. However, per the band, it’s different, and more of an album that “celebrates the ensemble that we’ve built over the last few years.” That camaraderie has been “built from the ground up,” they state, and it really shows. If you’ve enjoyed the darkly mysterious versions of the girl-group sound Prom Queen has explored on Night Sound and Midnight Veil, then you’ll likely adore Doom-Wop, an album to which I’ve returned again and again since it showed up in my inbox a couple of weeks ago.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/31/exclusive-spin-prom-queens-blonde-interview-with-leeni-ramadan/

Vinyl Review: Fourth of July – On the Plains

Vinyl Review: Fourth of July - On the Plains

Breezy and seemingly effortless, the 10th anniversary vinyl edition of Fourth of July’s On the Plains comes just at that point in the summer where the heat’s left everything baked dry, while all you really feel like doing is sitting around and listening to music while you cool off. Maybe you’re dancing to the opening cut, “Be Careful,” while trying not to knock things off your coffee table. Or maybe you’re leading group singalongs to “Surfer Dude,” but you’re definitely drinking a tasty beverage and probably bumming cigarettes off your friends, even though you totally plan on quitting when school starts back up in a couple of weeks.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/28/vinyl-review-fourth-of-july-on-the-plains/

Vinyl Review: Sia – Some People Have All the Problems

Vinyl Review: Sia - Some People Have All the Problems

Just in time for its 10th anniversary this coming January is the vinyl debut of Sia’s fourth album, Some People Have Real Problems. The album, which started to cement the Australian singer in the mind of listeners the world over, is quite interesting, because while it did quite well in Australia, and nearly cracked the Billboard Top 25 albums in the United States, the artist would soon after go on hiatus following the release of her next LP, We Are Born.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/28/vinyl-review-sia-some-people-have-all-the-problems/

Interview: A Giant Dog

Interview: A Giant Dog

It seems like many articles on Austin’s A Giant Dog tend to focus on the band’s stage shows and the things which happen when vocalist Sabrina Ellis performs. What seems to get shunted to the side is the actual studio music, the band having released three very excellent albums – Fight, Bone, and Pile — with a fourth, Toy, out today on Merge Records. The music of A Giant Dog is driving, pulsating stuff, and it’s never been more apparent than on Toy‘s first single, “Bendover.” It’s a big — nay, huge — blast of punk rock with the power of a ’70s arena band. We’re so besotted with it that this where we started our phone conversation with Ellis and guitarist Andrew Cashen as they drove from Austin to Portland to play a show with their other band, Sweet Spirit.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/25/interview-a-giant-dog/

Vinyl Review: Various Artists — Closer To The Grave (15 Years Of Tor Johnson)

Vinyl Review: Various Artists — Closer To The Grave (15 Years Of Tor Johnson)

Five years ago, Tor Johnson Records celebrated their 10th anniversary with a 7-inch compilation, featuring songs from Saint Jude, Now Denial, Pretty Faces, and A Fine Boat, That Coffin. It came housed in a handmade, screen-printed jacket made from recycled LP sleeves, and included a download code for more than twice as many digital bonus tracks, featuring the likes of Weak Teeth and Jesuscentric. It was a cool reflection on how the label had evolved over its first decade.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/25/vinyl-review-various-artists-closer-to-the-grave-15-years-of-tor-johnson/

Vinyl Review: Recht Herzlich — Hab Mut Zu Deinen Lüsten

Vinyl Review: Recht Herzlich -- Hab Mut Zu Deinen Lüsten

Hab Mut Zu Deinen Lüsten is an album of which I’d never heard before Jay at Private Records announced it, but after five minutes poking around on YouTube, I was chomping at the bit for it to arrive in the mail. This is definitely a product of the early ‘80s — fans of the Human League, et al, will find a lot to like in Recht Herzlich’s synth work.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/08/vinyl-review-recht-herzlich-hab-mut-zu-deinen-lusten/

Vinyl Review: Echo and the Bunnymen — It’s All Live Now

Vinyl Review: Echo and the Bunnymen -- It’s All Live Now

From fan-vote reissue label Run Out Groove comes It’s All Live Now, a compilation of Echo and the Bunnymen live tracks recorded in the mid-’80s. Beating out a Solomon Burke best-of and a repress of Secret Machines’ Now Here is Nowhere, we get eight covers and two early originals from the Liverpool post-punk act.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/07/vinyl-review-echo-and-the-bunnymen-its-all-live-now/